The impact of racism upon the health and wellbeing of young Australians


The project was undertaken to examine the experiences of racism for young people of mainstream, Indigenous, migrant and refugee backgrounds; investigate their responses to racism; and explore the attitudes of mainstream youth to issues in race relations. Data were gathered in 18 high schools in Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory. Eleven racist scenarios were developed, with the majority of respondents (70%) experiencing at least one on an occasional basis. The majority did not report incidents. At the same time as anger, frustration and exclusion were experienced, a sense of developing resilience was also reported. Predictors of experiencing racism and of its impact were developed in the study. Recommendations cover professional development for school staff, further research about migrant females in years 11 and 12, investigation of structural and institutionalised racism, education and intervention programs in junior sport, and further multidisciplinary research.

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